Jerome trucker in critical condition
SLIPPERY ROCK – A Jerome man was injured critically around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in an accident involving three tractor-trailers on Route 8 north of Slippery Rock.
Donald Walker, 71, was taken by medical helicopter to St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, Ohio, where he was listed in critical condition Wednesday night.
Walker was southbound and following a vehicle that slowed to make a left turn onto Station Road, state police said. Walker applied the brakes and swerved to avoid the vehicle, but his rig jackknifed and traveled into the path of a northbound rig, police said. The northbound truck hit Walker’s truck and then struck a bridge abutment. A truck following Walker was not able to avoid striking the rear of Walker’s rig before hitting an embankment, police said.
Neither of the other drivers was injured, police said.
Firefighters start fund to aid family
WINDBER – A fire that left a family of six homeless Tuesday has been ruled accidental, Windber Fire Department’s assistant chief said.
The department is rallying around Gina Hillegas’ family by setting up a fund to help replace items lost in the fire. Hillegas is an emergency medical technician with Windber-based Northern EMS.
Assistant Chief Bob Haddad said the family lost their furniture, children’s toys “and just about everything else” in the fire.
The home was insured, but the family was unable to salvage much more than the clothes on their backs, he said, noting that even a daughter’s trophies from horse shows were destroyed.
Donations can be sent to the Gina M. Hillegas Fire Fund at any Somerset Trust Co. bank branch, Haddad said.
The fire department plans to post clothing sizes for the family on its website, windberfire.com.
Man had portable meth lab, police say
MEYERSDALE – A Meyersdale man faces drug charges after police said they found a portable meth lab stashed in his duffel bag.
State police in Somerset said Larry Wilt Jr. was arrested after police found a bag near Miller Run Road on March 24.
The case remains under investigation, police said.
Basket party will benefit senior center
A basket party to benefit the Johnstown Senior Activity Center, 550 Main St., will be held at noon Saturday.
Tickets, which are $5, include 25 basket tickets, lunch, cookies and coffee.
An additional 25 basket tickets are available for $5.
Nearly 30 baskets are expected to be given way.
Proceeds will benefit the center’s activities and programs.
For more information, call 535-8634.
Blood drive honoring local cancer patient
The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive in support of Brian Mahon from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at The Galleria mall in Richland Township.
The drive will take place near Aunt Annie’s Pretzels.
Mahon, who lives in Richland, was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer in November and is undergoing chemotherapy treatments.
To schedule an appointment for this or any other American Red Cross blood drive, call 800-RED CROSS (733-2767) or visit www.redcrossblood.org.
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Victims group to protest settlement 'delays' involving Altoona-Johnstown diocese, other agencies in Baker sexual abuse cases
Road to Recovery Inc., a nonprofit charity that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families, will hold a press conference at 11 a.m. Wednesday in front of the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, 927 S. Logan Boulevard, Hollidaysburg
Investigators seek cause of West End fire
The cause of a five-alarm fire early Monday at a vacant structure in the 500 block of Dorothy Avenue in Johnstown’s West End has not been determined, according to city fire officials.
Richland seeks loan for roof, HVAC work
Richland Township’s plans to replace the municipal building’s roof and heating and air conditioning system will cost nearly $600,000, Solicitor Gary Costlow said.
Undocumented children already arriving in state
An influx of unaccompanied children crossing the U.S. border is spilling over into Pennsylvania, as state officials received word Monday that more than 500 are being housed in the commonwealth.
Auditor cites flaws in gas drilling regulation
Strained by limited resources and the rapid expansion of natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania, environmental regulators have failed to adequately monitor well safety or to provide clear and timely information to citizens, the state auditor general said Tuesday.
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Driver in fatal DUI crash will serve jail time
A Vintondale man was sentenced Tuesday in Cambria County court to serve 16 to 32 months in the county jail for a 2011 alcohol-related crash that killed a woman.
Reade Twp. water projects receive funding
Three water treatment systems in Cambria County will receive financial assistance from the state Department of Environmental Protection to remove acid mine drainage from nearby waterways.
Antique tractors chugging toward Stoystown fest
A display of a whole lotta horsepower and pulling contests will highlight the 14th annual Antique Tractor Festival.
Sponsored by Stoystown Lions Club and Laurel Highlands Antique Power Club, the event will be held July 31 through Aug. 3 at the Lions’ park, one-half mile east of Stoystown on Route 30.
Irish dance school wants to set toes tapping in Cambria County
If you ever wanted to learn to dance an Irish jig, now is your chance.
Kenny Cavanaugh School of Irish Dance, based out of Milford, Pike County, is expanding into Cambria County.
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